Volume 13, Issue 1 - January/February 2009

The Back Page
Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Around the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers around the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer publications or your own hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to dvass@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463. 

Helping to Save a Little Girl’s Life
Highland, Utah—Window film is playing a critical role in the life of a 12 year old girl. In April 2008, a doctor examined a sore on Lizzie Tenney’s nose and identified it as skin cancer. Several days later, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). Tenney’s DNA lacks something that would allow it to fix the damages caused by ultraviolet light. Unless her family can limit UV damage, skin cancer could claim Tenney’s life.

In November of 2008, CPFilms donated its Llumar brand window film to be installed on the Tenney’s home. Alpine Custom Window Tinting of Provo, Utah, installed the film and Rocky Mountain Tinting, also in Utah, will follow up by tinting the family’s vehicle. Thanks to all involved, and to window film, Tenney’s odds for a long, healthy life have improved drastically.

Quiet Please!
United Kingdom—Have you ever been on a public transit system and wished your neighbor’s cell phone would suddenly stop working? Well, in the U.K. you would have that option. Several train companies have decided to offer “quiet” cars. Passengers are not allowed to use mp3 devices or cell phones in designated cars and the transit systems are using signal defense film that blocks wireless transmissions to ensure compliance. Unlike cell phone signal jammers, window film is entirely legal because passengers have to request a seat in the quiet train and agree to certain terms in order to ride in the quiet zone.

Violation of Rights?
Panama City, Fla.—A routine traffic pull for potentially illegal tint recently raised an interesting question in Florida. When a woman was pulled and asked to raise her driver’s side window for a visible light transmittance (VLT) test, she felt it might be a violation of her fifth amendment rights. When she refused, the officer threatened arrest. The question has since been raised by a local reporter: Did the trooper violate her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination? Criminal defense attorney Jim Appleman, formerly a Florida State Attorney, thinks she has a good argument, but he also points out that an illegally tinted window is a civil infraction, not criminal, so the self-incrimination might not apply.The outcome of the woman’s charges or additional actions is unknown.

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